Nov 202013
 

The Sedins and Alex Burrows celebrate a goal against the Anaheim Ducks.

Photo credit: canucks.com

Glen Sather once proclaimed that a “fire hydrant could score 50 goals playing with Wayne Gretzky”, alluding to how The Great One made everyone around him better. Many would say the same about the Sedin Twins who seem to boost the stats of any player lucky enough to find themself flanked by the ginger duo. Simply put, these guys are just easy to play with.

That being said, the Canucks recent slump has forced John Tortorella to try different line combinations to spark the dried up offense. In the past week we’ve seen Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen join the top line to no avail. This isn’t the first time different players have been assigned to the top line, with some combinations lasting years while others dwindle after a few games. Everyone seems to have an idea of what kind of player would complement the Sedins best, but history has shown us it is not always the obvious choice.

Here are the top 5 greatest Sedin line combinations:

5) Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Taylor Pyatt: This line, featured prominently in the 2006-2007 season, showcased Taylor Pyatt’s size and strength. Pyatt scored 23 goals and 37 points (both career highs) and helped the Canucks cruise to 48 wins and a division title. Here he provides a strong net presence while the Sedins do their thing.

4) Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Ryan Kesler: The most recently formed line on this list, the “Beastmodo” line is the sexiest on paper but simply has not been together long enough to be placed any higher. Dominant at times, with two accomplished trigger men in Daniel and Kes’, teams have struggled to match the firepower of this first line. Surely, we will see this line together again under the Torts’ regime.

3) Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Trent Klatt: Not the most offensive linemate the Sedins have ever had, Klatt provided a veteran presence for the twins in the first few years of their professional career. The dominance of the “west coast express” line during this period allowed the Sedins to develop at their own pace and Klatt kept them at an even keel, while providing offence at a steady rate.

2) Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Anson Carter: This combination only lasted a year but was wildly successful with Anson Carter leading the team with 33 goals. This year marked the coming out of the Sedins as the core offensive players and leaders on the team.  Carter’s ability to crash the net aided the Sedins’ cycling ability well.

1) Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows: The longest tenured player on the Sedin line and with good reason, Alex Burrows has spent the majority of the last 5 years playing with the twins. A tremendous reader of the game, Alex has gained the instinctual movement and know-how that the Sedins seemed to be born with. Burrows has become one of the more reliable goal-scorers on the Canuck squad and his presence on the top line has elevated the Twins stats as well with the two of them winning back to back Art-Ross trophies with Burrows at their side.

  • Josh Hall

    You’re definitely missing Jason King. I’d put that above Kesler. Kesler shouldn’t even be on this list actually.

    Come on! The Mattress Line lit it up!

  • Victoria

    I don’t know where the Sedin-Burr-Sedin mojo went this year but I hope it comes back – soon! The Sedins elevate the game of every player who plays with them but it amazes me Kesler doesn’t do better with them. If they can make Taylor “Pylon” Pyatt look great how come Kesler isn’t brilliant with them?!

  • Josh Hall

    Because they are opposing forces. Kesler should be making other players better. It’s too much BEAST for one line.

  • Dylan

    Ya the mattress line gets honorable mention for sure. It was just hard to leave the kes-sedin combination off when you look at some of their dominance earlier this year and then a few years back on the PP. People forget that despite the production of the Mattress line they were only together for about half a season before King was sent to the minors. You can tell we live in a hockey market when we debate line combinations from a decade ago haha.

  • Josh Hall

    I mean Kesler and the twins on the PP shouldn’t count really because they were a powerplay exclusive group up until this season. And this season, they played together for a handful of games…just me being a stickler.

  • Dylan

    Fair enough, but even in those handful of say 10-15 games they played together this year, they still managed to put up nearly 40 points combined. On a strict head-to-head or PPG basis I’d say the Kesler combo is more effective. Nostalgia-wise the Mattress line is legendary. Depends on how you look at it. At this point I’d be willing to bring Jason King back to try to generate even so much as a whisper of offence haha.

  • Josh Hall

    Haha are you sure? He retired due to concussions after playing in Europe for a bit and is an Assistant Coach in St. John’s now.

  • Dylan

    I’m kidding, it’s moments like this where sarcasm italics would come in handy.

  • Josh Hall

    Apologies. Usually I’m conducting the sarcasm train. This 5 game losing streak has been hard on my abilities.

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  • J21

    Kesler played the entire 2010-11 season as the Third Sedin on the power play. It definitely wasn’t a new thing this year.

  • Josh Hall

    Again, in my mind, PP shouldn’t count.

  • Dylan

    The problem is if you dismiss Jason King’s powerplay time with the Sedins you get rid of 14 of his 21 points in 2003-2004. 7 even- strength points in 47 games? Not the best.

  • Josh Hall

    You got me! ;) 6 PPG’s that year. Damn! I still put King ahead of Kesler. That line had more mystique and in a way….more sexiness to it because King was such a huge surprise to everyone. Kesler we all expect to just dom each time he steps on the ice and then we get let down when he doesn’t 85% of the time.

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